ProQuest Central (PQC) is a large multidisciplinary research package which includes News, Business and Market Research databases, alongside Arts, Medical, Science & Technology and Social Sciences Collections. We have been able to negotiate an extended trial to PQC for 18 months starting from the 1st of March 2018 to August 2019.
- ABI / Inform – key journals, company records and forecast data, plus business news publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and The Financial Times.
- Business Market Research – company, industry, economic and geopolitical market research from Hoover’s Company Profiles, OxResearch / Oxford Analystica, and Snapshots.
- ProQuest News and Newspapers – local, regional, and international news coverage.
We already subscribe to Arts Premium, which makes up a large part of this package. Read more information about ProQuest Central.
During this trial we will be evaluating PQC against some of our existing e-resources, as well as looking at the health and social science resources contained in this package. We welcome feedback from academic staff and students on PQC content. Please email email@example.com, and include the text ‘PQC’ in the subject line.
Times Higher Education (THE), formerly The Times Higher Education Supplement, is now available for UAL staff and students. THE provides global higher education coverage including world university rankings, news, opinions, features and book reviews.
You can read the Times Higher Education via the THE website, app for iOS, app for Android and app for Kindle Fire devices.
First time users need to register using their UAL email address for full access. Go to Times Higher Education and click on the red user account icon
At the end of last year Library Services supported the Students Union campaign to Liberate My Curriculum. Bookmarks were available in the libraries, so students and staff could nominate books to help us in our ongoing mission to diversify the library collections.
The campaign was a success, thank you to everyone who contributed, you can see some of the titles on the library catalogue. Some of these were new titles, and some were additional copies of books we already had.
We are re-launching this now, so please look out for the bookmarks in the College Libraries to suggest a particular book, or more books by a particular author, or on a particular subject.
Or just log on to the Library catalogue and use Your New Item Suggestions.
The problems affecting e-resource access has now been resolved. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you continue to have any issues.
Earlier this week, Cambridge University made Stephen Hawking’s doctoral thesis available online, for free download, to anyone with an internet connection. The thesis was very popular; indeed the global interest (almost 60,000 attempts to download it in less than 24 hours) crashed their online research repository.
In scholarly communications, ‘open access’ refers to research outputs that are online, free of restrictions on access (such as subscriptions or fees) and free of most restrictions on use. Since the widespread growth of access to the internet since the early 21st century, more and more scholarly research has been moving to open access, as this greatly widens the reach and impact of scholarship.
Open Access is formally supported by the U.K. government, in its role as the major funder of research, via the Research Excellence Framework and the several Research Councils. Open Access Week, held this year from 23 October, celebrates the growth of this worldwide effort to open up the all of human knowledge to any interested person, not just those with access to research libraries’ subscriptions or possessing the funds to buy expensive academic books.
At the moment, there are two ways the research outputs are made Open Access, the Green route and the Gold route. Green Open Access relies on investment by universities, to build and manage institutional repositories to hold and preserve published outputs in house. Gold Open Access is the practice of paying publishers fees to make research publications free on their own websites. Funds for this are usually provided by funders, sometimes topped up by universities. UAL has a Green-Only open access policy, formally rejecting the practice of paying publishers to provide open access at their own websites. Research outputs from UAL academics are made open access in the university’s institutional repository, UAL Research Online.
Open Access Week this year takes place within a rapidly-changing landscape of global scholarly communications. This past year was eventful for scholarly communications and open access.
The world’s leading scholarly publisher, Elsevier, acquired one of the largest providers of institutional repositories, bepress. Elsevier is moving away from traditional print publishing, in favour of selling more lucrative digital subscriptions for access to data and technology. Elsevier is also aggressively cracking down on illegal sharing of articles by their authors, issuing bulk take–down requests to the academic social media site ResearchGate.
Elsevier has in the past sent take-down requests to the sharing site Academic.edu, in 2013, and is currently suing another sharing site, SciHub. Despite these actions to reduce illegal sharing of scholarly publications, commercial scholarly publishers are flourishing; Elsevier’s profits continue to soar and it remains one of the biggest companies in the FTSE100. Informa plc, (whose brands include Routledge and Taylor&Francis), reported profit of GBP416.1 million (adjusted) on revenues of GBP1.35 billion in 2016.
In the UK, the research councils are now in the evaluation stage of their experimental support of Gold OA for research outputs created from projects they fund. Having given hundreds of thousands of pounds of their research funds to universities, who then administer the payment of individual article fees to publishers, they are now able to estimate the cost to the public purse (both the amount of money paid to publishers, and the costs to universities to administer these finds), and will soon decide their future course of action.
Finally, many UK universities are moving toward a new model of retaining control over academic publications, in order to reserve the right to make manuscripts immediately open access via the Green route. A new scholarly communications policy, UK-SCL, under which the university protects authors’ copyright from being completely transferred to publishers, is in the final stages of preparation. UAL is a member of this group, aiming to adopt the license when it is fully mature.
At UAL, our institutional repository, UAL Research Online, reached impressive milestones in 2017. UALRO now lists over 7000 specific research items, with well over 50,000 files available for download.
Almost 1100 individual outputs were deposited to UALRO in the past year, and we were able to provide downloadable files for 68% of these; this is a higher proportion than most open access repositories, in which around 30% of items have accessible files. Impressively, the total number of downloads this year was nearly 99,000 – far higher than any previous year.
UALRO welcomes deposits of research publications from all staff who are research active; this includes staff in Library Services. Our collections of professional research authored by Library Services staff is relatively small (only 36 items), and new, but attracts a great deal of attention:
2018 will see major changes to the university’s institutional repository as it is merged with the research support office’s new management system, Symplectic Elements. Research staff will no longer deposit through UALRO’s own page, as it will be replaced by the research office’s one-stop login. Research-active staff not on primarily research contracts (including library staff, TLE, and other ADS professional departments) will continue to use UALRO to deposit work.
We don’t have a celebrity academic’s thesis in UALRO (yet!). We proudly make available our small collection of 213 theses, which represent nearly all the PhD’s granted by UAL. On 25th October, the total number of downloads of items from this small collection reached 76,000 – without crashing our service!
It’s Libraries Week, bringing together a UK wide network of libraries from all sectors to showcase the diversity of activities and services on offer. A perfect opportunity to celebrate the opening of a brand new Library and Learning Zone at Camberwell College of Arts.
The Library features social and quiet learning spaces, and a beautiful new space dedicated to the use of archives and special collections. The Library is in B Block, and the new Learning Zone is on the Ground Floor of Gardens House.
The Library and Learning Zone are open to all UAL students, and the Learning Zone is available 24/7.
Opening hours for all UAL libraries are available on our website and on the MyUAL app.
Library Services user satisfaction infographic [Screen readable pdf]
Key areas for improvement and development from your feedback
- Opening hours
- Local space issues, including planning for new Library Services spaces
- IT provision and support
- Resources in college Library Services spaces and for your courses
What has your feedback helped us to change?
- Increased opening hours across Library Services, both across the weekends and overnight. The pilot for Monday – Friday 24 hour opening at Kings Cross in 2015/16 was continued for 2016/17, and increased from 15 to 19 weeks. We are exploring the potential to offer 24/7 opening for the new Learning Zone at Camberwell from 2017/18. See our opening hours.
- We are making the best use of our current space and adding more seating / furniture where possible. We know our spaces are very busy and so it can sometimes be difficult to find a space to sit. At CSM we have a pilot to dissuade people from saving spaces then leaving them. We may introduce this in other libraries.
- We are working with colleges in planning new builds. The new Library at Camberwell will open next academic year and be will be bigger and better! There will also be a new Camberwell Learning Zone in the Halls of Residence.
- We shared your comments with UAL IT Services to improve IT services within Library Services spaces. We have been working hard together and have significantly improved IT provision. See our blog post on recent IT improvements.
- We are improving access to information resources with targeted stock selection for those courses where we have received negative feedback as well as buying items which you suggest. Our inter-site lending service means that you can have items sent to your home site for collection. We also buy e-resources to provide anytime and anywhere access to information.
- Library Services Customer Services Group are considering this feedback alongside other feedback, to make further recommendations.
- Your feedback has helped to shape our Library and Academic Support Strategy and our service planning.
You agreed we meet or exceed your expectations on:
- Library staff teaching me how to find information
- Library staff who are consistently courteous
- Library staff who instill confidence in users
- Library staff who deal with users in a caring fashion
- Library staff who understand the needs of their users
- A library Web site enabling me to locate information on my own
- Space for group learning and group study
You said we do not meet your expectations on:
- Adequate hours of service
- Quiet space for individual work
- Modern equipment that lets me easily access needed information
- A haven for study, learning, or research
For more information you can read the full report Library Services LibQUAL 2016 [pdf]
Thanks again to you all for your feedback. This helps us to be the best we can be. Please feel free to tell us what you think in our spaces, or online. To get in touch please see our Contact us page or visit our Tell us web pages.
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This set of YouTube videos features bell hooks, author, feminist, cultural theorist, in conversation with Jill Soloway, Cornel West, Gloria Steinem and others.
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